Detroit's mayor for most of the 1960s was Jerome Cavanagh, who signed into law the calamitous commuter and municipal income taxes. His tepid response to the 1967 riots greatly accelerated the Motor City's decline. From 1974-1994 race-baiter Coleman Young, a former communist, dug Detroit's grave.
And the corrupt administration of Kwame Kilpatrick, who was forced to resign in 2008, kept the city buried. Kilpatrick is serving a 28-year prison sentence.
As National Review phrased it earlier this year, "And Detroit is what Democrats do."
- (Photos) Part one: Detroit's abandoned Packard Plant
- (Photos) Part two: Detroit's abandoned Packard Plant
- Part three: Detroit's abandoned Packard Plant
- Detroit: Crumbling factory next to a cemetery
- (Photos) Abandoned homes near Detroit's Telegraph Road
- (Photos) Detroit's abandoned Fisher Body 21 plant
- (Photos) Sign on Detroit home warns of crackheads
- (Photos) Detroit's scavenged Harry B. Hutchins School